Monistrol de Montserrat Travel Guide

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    Rock splats technique.
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Monistrol de Montserrat Things to Do

  • Hiking – Game plan strategy.

    Most people try to rush the Monistrol de Montserrat area on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Monistrol de Montserrat properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Monistrol de Montserrat we saw on a city map that the rather small area of...

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  • Hiking – Take time to meander.

    Take time to meander - losing yourself in some of the alleys, small streets and lanes is one of Monistrol de Montserrat’s’ old town's principal pleasures. Some of the streets wind and wander with no discernible order or object. After our stroll we rewarded ourselves with a cool glass of beer or wine for our effort! We learned that you won't do...

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  • Hiking – The entire medieval area.

    The monastery of Montserrat is a place with a lot of history indeed. The monastery, which is surrounded by small chapels and hermit's caves, was founded in 880 AD and enlarged in the eleventh century. The compact place is easy to get around, and the ideal place to explore on foot. Montserrat monastery is Spain, and yet it is a culture unto itself....

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  • Montserrat National Park – Fragile...

    The way back was not as grueling, as we were going mainly either flat or at a smaller incline. We went back along a different path toward a funicular which took us back down to the monastery. The entire hike to St. Jeroni and back took us about 5 hours, which was longer than we had planned but definitely well worth the effort!When we were back at...

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  • Montserrat National Park – Our hike up.

    Montserrat is really cool, because it is different from the other mountains of the region. It looks like giant monster teeth and fingers jutting out of the ground. It has also been described as a giants’ playground, with sandcastles of rock. It is a major destination for rock climbers because of its many large pillars! From the monastery, it is...

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  • Montserrat National Park – Part of the...

    Just opening Wikipedia will tell that (and I quote) "the Pyrenees is a range of mountains in southwest Europe that forms a natural border between France and Spain. It separates the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of continental Europe, and extends for about 491 km (305 mi) from the Bay of Biscay (Cap Higuer) to the Mediterranean Sea (Cap de...

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  • Museum – Great museum indeed .

    Ever since 1996 the collections are housed together in one building, under one roof. We saw quite some different styles at the building and learned that the two main areas at the heart of the museum were remodeled in 1980 - 1982 under the direction of Father Pere Busquets. Of course, like many many other museums we ended the tour right at the shop...

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  • Museum – Not aware of the treasures.

    Just like us, a lot of visitors that come to the Montserrat Monastery are not aware of the treasures that lie within the museum. We took a stroll around and found the artifacts of Picasso, Dali and Caravaggio nestled in amongst less well-known artists. We learned that there were over 1300 pieces housed in the museum covering a broad historical...

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  • Museum – No pictures please!

    When we travelled to the Montserrat Monastery we didn’t know that there was a museum present. On our first day at Montserrat we were a bit disappointed about the size of the entire area and were able to see all there was to see within half a day. Therefore we were pleasantly surprised by finding the museum which gave us a good reason to stay for a...

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Monistrol de Montserrat Restaurants

  • Large and Convenient

    There is a very large cafeteria at the monastery with complete warm meals, sandwiches, snacks, ice cream and deserts etc. The cafeteria prices are reasonable and the food I'm happy to say has improved. Not especially tasty but eatable and plentiful. There are complete warm meals available, sandwiches, snacks, ice cream, etc. I really enjoyed a...

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  • Self service restaurant

    We ate at the self-service restaurant which is next to the "Aeri" station. You'll be offered the normal kind of food you could expect in this kind of restaurant. There are salads and some cold dishes to choose and a section of warm dishes where you can order to the waiter how much you want of each dish. Prices are a little bit higher than in a...

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Monistrol de Montserrat Transportation

  • Travelling with (young) kids.

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with Iris and Sam Tarragona Corfu by plane this holiday and drove some distances by car on the island itself and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you. General: Bring books, old favourite toys and new...

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  • Train to Benedictine monk mountain

    We chose train to get to Montserrat. There are 12 trains a day leaving from the Plaça d'Espanya in Barcelona. The train connects with an aerial cable way (Aeri de Montserrat), which is included in the fare of 12€ round-trip.You can also drive there. Take the N-2 southwest of Barcelona toward Tarragona, turning west at the junction with the N-11....

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  • Take the train!

    Just take the FGC train (R5) from Plaça d'Espanya Station in Barcelona and go to either the cable car stop or the funicular stop. I suggest the first stop, the cable car, for it's remarkable view! Make sure you buy the combination ticket before leaving Plaça d'Espanya Station(saves you some money!)

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Monistrol de Montserrat Local Customs

  • Friendly for little kids.

    There are a lot of things you have no idea of once you're planning your trip. For us it is always a surprise how the facilities are for our two little kids. We were pleasantly amazed by the fact that Montserrat is a place that is very, very friendly for little kids.First of all (but we guess you'll find it anywhere) all the local people spoke to us...

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  • "Les Quatre Barres."

    The four bars on the 'senyera', the Catalan flag, are said to represent the four provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona. The Senyera is a vexillological symbol that consists of four red stripes on a golden background. It historically represented the king of Crown of Aragon; today is the flag of the Spanish Autonomous Community of...

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  • Talk to someone who knows ...

    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that...

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Monistrol de Montserrat Warnings and Dangers

  • Reading a map!

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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  • Beware climbers!! - ¡Cuidado...

    These beautiful mountains are an excellent place to practice sports as hiking or climbing. But you must take something into account. Climbers must be well prepared! Ok, it's a tip that could fit any other mountain but I lived a small story in Montserrat. The weather was not bad at all the day we visited the place and there was people practicing...

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  • Beware of steep steps and paths

    You need to be quite fit to see everything in the area. The Sacred Cave seems not far away from the main attractions but the path is steep and curvy, so it takes much more time to get there than originally expected. If you are on a tourist bus, you need to be carefulo about time.

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Monistrol de Montserrat Tourist Traps

  • Basilica – Lots of chapels inside.

    For most people it is essential to a visit to Montserrat for three main reasons. Firstly, it is a beautiful Gothic building. Secondly, it is the home of Montserrat's choral concerts. Thirdly, it houses the statue of the Black Madonna. For us the main reason to visit this holy place was simply the entire Basilica indeed.Once we entered the Basilica...

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  • Basilica – Lighting a candle.

    Although we were quite early when we first arrived at the Basilica of Montserrat we were already allowed to enter it. A huge advantage of our early arrival was the fact that there were almost no tourists yet. Either the bus / coach was still on his way or everybody was having a breakfast in their hotel. Whenever we visit a church the kids always...

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  • Basilica – The open-roofed courtyard.

    Arriving at the Montserrat Monastery makes you just want to visit the Basilica immediately. This is because of the fact that the Basilica sits at the very heart of Montserrat Monastery and simply can’t be missed. As we were quite early we decided to go to the Basilica in one straight line, as there were not too many tourists yet. We guessed that...

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Monistrol de Montserrat What to Pack

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    Luggage and bags: * Map and guidebook;
    * Crackers;
    * 2 Liter of water;
    * Fruit / power bars.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
    * 1 extra t-shirt;
    * Shorts with many pockets;
    * Sunglasses;
    * Fleece type jacket;
    * Hat / cap;
    * Raincoat.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
    * (Neck) sunblock;
    * Band-aids.

    Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of SD cards!
    * Filter;
    * Extra batteries;
    * Lens 210 mm.

    Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
    * Compass.

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Monistrol de Montserrat Off The Beaten Path

  • Tarragona - Do take time to meander.

    Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes is one of the Old Town´s principal pleasures. The streets wind and wander with no discerrible order or object. We rewarded ourselves with a cool cup of gelato for our effort! But you won´t do justice to the entire city of Tarragona whenever you won´t visit other parts....

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  • Tarragona - One huge archaeological...

    Most people try to rush Tarragona on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Tarragona properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Tarragona we saw on a city map that the small town of Tarragona is divided into three areas - the historical old...

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  • Tarragona - Delights at every turn.

    Tarragona is a city with more than 2,000 years of history. The ancient city of Tarraco was founded in 218 BC and its golden age began in the year 27 BC. The compact town of Tarragona is easy to get around, and the ideal place to explore on foot. Tarragona is Spain, and yet it is a culture unto itself. It was the capital of the ancient Roman Empire...

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Monistrol de Montserrat Sports & Outdoors

  • Rafting in the Pyrenees - What an...

    We were descending the powerful rapids of the Aude river in this rubber dinghy, using peddles to steer away from the rocks and move along other obstacles. We found out that boat used (zodiac type) was very safe and had a great resistance to the blows. We sat in the raft with eight people and the instructor at the back. We all sat on the edges of...

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  • Rafting in the Pyrenees - Own level of...

    The ROC Aqua Rafting Company has 3 trips to undertake. The beginners trip (2 trips available): The St George gorge: beautiful itinerary (level 3), of about 7 kilometres, that usually is practiced in the morning.The Pierre-Lyse gorge: aprogressive itinerary (level 4) of about 7 kilometres, that usually is practiced in the afternoon. The sportive...

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  • Rafting in the Pyrenees - No prior...

    Reading the hand-out of the ROC Aqua rafting company learned that a raft is an inflatable boat and that you need to manoeuvre it down the river with paddles. It's the best way to get a touch of white water sports without any prior technical skills. Of course with the help and support of a river guide onboard. How hard can it be, so for us (I did it...

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Monistrol de Montserrat Favorites

  • A lively piazza

    The plaza in front of the monastery and basilica is always alive with tourists and pilgrims. While we were there this band from Germnay was performing and I would guess that such things are pretty common here. It is a lovely place to relax, people watch and look out at the wonderful vistas of the mountains.

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  • Serrated Mountains

    I am guessing, but I thnk Montserrat roughly translates to serrated mountains said in religious folklore to have been carved by angels with golden saws. That is certainly their appearance. This beautiful monastery and basilica sit high (1200 meters) in the Calalunyan mountains. The monastery is a community of some 80 Benedictines whose music school...

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  • The beautiful serrated mountains

    The Montserrat mountain mass is sedimentary, and its rocks are made up of a conglomeration of pebbles held in limestone.The movements of the earth, climatic changes and erosion over thousands of years have shaped an abrupt landscapes, with large walls and round blocks. Chemical reactions have opened caves, chasms and caverns inside it.When you...

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